This is the list of his requirement for the new knife:
Hi Joel. We chatted some time ago via pm on BCUK about a knife you made, the Highland Bushcraft, which I had acquired. I still have this knife and every time I use it I like it even more. It's just such a great design- comfortable to use for long periods, well balanced and has a natural feel in hand. Not to mention taking and holding an excellent edge. Altogether a superb knife.
I've decided I'd like to have another of your great knives, if you're willing to make it of course!
This is what I have in mind: This blade shape:(somewhere between these two)
Handle material: tan canvas micarta. Wood is beautiful but I'd rather have micarta for durability (even over stabilized wood).
Handle length: 4 1/2'' with the scales beveled somewhat at the front rather than square cut. I would like the handle shape to be the most comfortable possible in all cutting positions. I'm open to suggestions on handle shape. Woodlore, Skookum Bush Tool, Highland Bushcraft, Spyderco BCUK? A combination of these? Comfort takes priority over looks. Liners? Probably...maybe red? I'm thinking three rivets with lanyard tube.
Blade: O1 steel, full flat grind is what I'm leaning towards for something different but haven't ruled out a scandi.
Blade length: a full 4'' cutting edge with the grind close to the scales as on the Highland Bushcraft.
Blade thickness: 2.5mm minimum/3mm maximum
Blade width: 1 1/8'' /30mm
Blade finish: low polish. A high degree of polish is not necessary or desirable as this is to be a working knife.
Sheath: A deep pouch style sheath of the dangler type but with no firesteel loop. I really have no colour preference.
I really enjoy this sort of commission, working in co-operation with a client and coming up with something that, hopefully will fulfil his wishes. We decide to call the knife the SBK: Saskatchewan Bush Knife.
After a few emails to and from this is the pattern that emerged:
|Thin ply and pine model of the SBK|
|SBK blade fresh off the coarse grinding belt|
There is a bit more work to be done to the blade such a fine grinding, drilling the holes for the pins and lanyard tube, heat treating, putting the knife together etc, but I am pleased with the progress so far.
As to the leather work? For the fun of it, I made this steampunk wrist cuff!
|Steampunk cuff, leather, brass & a magnifying glass!|
Most of the stuff I make has a practical use to it. It's different when you're trying to try and get your head around to making something that hasn't! More art for the sake of it! I am quite pleased with it. It still have a potential practical use though: It's possible to light a fire with the glass! If you have some sun...